Copenhagen

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If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and of people.

                                                                         –Connie Nielson

Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandi cool. Modernist lamps light New Nordic tables, bridges buzz with cycling commuters and eye-candy locals dive into pristine waterways (Lonely Planet)

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Copenhagen break was planned as a long bank holiday weekend getaway. Highly recommended by my boss, who visited the city in May and my friend, who visited in March this year. We took our flight from Luton airport and the flight was only 1 hour 20 minutes. We had booked a nice apartment on Airbnb which was in zone 2 and one straight metro line took us straight from the airport to the apartment and also 3 stops to city center!!

The next day, we took the S line trains to the central station from where we walked to Tivoli gardens which was our first stop, then to the city hall square, Glyptotek Museum, Christianborg Palace (Ruins under the palace and view of the city from top of the palace is mind-blowing), Amalienborg Palace, Our saviours Church (climbed to the tip of the church and almost froze!!), Hans Christain Anderson’s famous Little mermaid, and various churches and museums.

Lunched at a place called  Papirøen (Paper Island) at the Copenhagen Street Food market. Based in an old warehouse with views of the opera building and Copenhagen’s canals, Papirøen provides a tasty and scenic escape from the crowded city center, and anything we ate was just heavenly…..street food at its best!! They also have foosball tables, perfect for a game with friends or family, and an events board. When the weather is warm enough, the fun continues outside with more picnic benches and spots for you to eat your food by the water!

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After lunch we headed off to Christania which is a free town, in the middle of the city, where photography and pokemon hunting is prohibited. You will have to follow rules laid down by the locals, weed is a common thing, chilled out music is a must and free-flowing alcohol everywhere; but remember to be a good sport and bin your rubbish!

Second day was purely based on Castle touring. Except for Rosenborg Castle, most are at least a 30 minutes journey on the train. The one castle that blew me away was the Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare’s Hamlet was based. The castle inside is like any other castles, but the fact that we got to see each scene from the book being played live in the actual rooms was just incredible!!

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Take a walk beside the canal in Nyhavn and enjoy the  astounding architecture and the colours of the buildings. This city is full of surprises along with its rich history- from super modern brutalist architecture in every corner to places like Bob-Marley-themed chilled out Christiania. This city with its rich history and culture treats its people right and gives them the quality of life they all deserve.

 

Note: Experiencing Michelin food at Noma is a must but remember book to early, it took us 3 months on the waiting list!!!!

Book Review

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive.

When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy’s are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down (Good Reads)

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